The Fiat Abarth 695 biposto has been unveiled at the 2014 Geneva motor show, debuting the marque’s fastest-ever model and marking 50 years since the first Abarth 695 premiered at the same event in 1964.
Powered by a 141kW/250Nm turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder and weighing 997kg, the Abarth 695 biposto claims a 5.9-second 0-100km/h and a 230km/h top speed making it the fastest street-legal Abarth model ever built. Fiat also claims efficiency figures of 6.5L/100km on the combined cycle and average CO2 emissions of 155g/km.
Said to represent the fusion of road and race cars, the two-seat 695 biposto features an H-pattern gearbox with dog rings – allowing for clutchless up shifts – a self-locking differential, fixed front windows with polycarbonate sliding panels and a titanium rear roll bar.
A road-going interpretation of the 151kW/300Nm Abarth 695 Assetto Corse racer that competed at this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour, the Performance Grey 695 biposto is fitted with a Zender bodykit comprising new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, wheel arches and a spoiler, as well as exterior carbon inserts.
Enhancing performance further are a front-mounted intercooler, Akrapovic dual-stage exhaust, adjustable shock absorbers and a Brembo brake package that includes 305mm cross-drilled and ventilated front discs and four-piston calipers.
An aluminium bonnet, carbon mirror caps, titanium grille, door handle and tailgate finishes, titanium wheel bolts, water, oil and fuel caps and lightweight 18-inch OZ wheels wrapped in thin 35-profile rubber complete the muscular look.
Inside, carbon is again seen on the dashboard, central tunnel cover and handbrake, while aluminium brake, clutch and accelerator pedals join aluminium driver and passenger footrests, a digital data logger and Abarth Corsa seats with four-point harnesses.
The trade off for all this racing spirit? The Abarth 695 biposto has had its rear seats, xenon headlights, fog lights, climate control unit, electric windows and radio system all deleted.
Giving potential buyers the flexibility to go as hardcore as they dare, Abarth breaks down the package into three customisation kits, the ‘124 Speciale Kit’, the ‘Carbon Kit’, and the most extreme ‘Pista Kit’ that includes a personalised racing suit, shoes, gloves and helmet.
Back in 1964, the original Abarth 695 featured a 22kW 699.5cc engine, had a top speed of 130km/h and could go from 60-80km/h in a claimed 5.2sec.